[ELA 6935] Re: Organizing information and note-taking skills

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Isserlis, Janet janet_isserlis at brown.edu
Thu Feb 3 10:27:02 EST 2011

Back in the day, I used to use dictation with an intermediate level ESOL
class for two purposes:
1) the dictation itself, but also
2) the paragraph (5-7 sentences) would also entail a problem-posing code --
there would be something in the text that would then lend itself to
conversation with the learners once we'd gone over the actual text and

The learners seemed to like it because it felt like "school" and I liked it
because it helped them see that the discussion topics (derived from things
they'd say or be interested in or worried about) would also have clear
connections to language work.


On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 11:30 PM, Terry Pruett-Said <said at ameritech.net>wrote:

> Note-taking, especially at the college level, is indeed a very complex

> process. In fact, taking notes in your first language can be a challenge. As

> others have noted one aspect is knowing how to recognize what is important

> and to organize information, and people have given some very good

> suggestions. But another challenge is the ability to write down what one

> hears. While dictation may seem a somewhat old-fashioned activity, I find

> most of my students appreciate the opportunity to practice it to check their

> own ability to write what they hear or believe they are hearing. If the

> dictation is done in natural chunks as opposed to word by word, this

> presents a more natural speaking approach which will sound more like a

> college lecture. While dictation is not critical thinking, I do think it is

> a skill that students can practice at beginning levels that leads into one

> aspect of effective note-taking.


> Terry Pruett-Said

> Macomb Community College


> ------------------------------

> *From:* Kimberly A. Johnson <kjohnson60 at gw.hamline.edu>

> *To:* The Adult English Language Acquisition Discussion List <

> englishlanguage at lincs.ed.gov>

> *Sent:* Wed, February 2, 2011 11:56:36 AM

> *Subject:* [ELA 6903] Organizing information and note-taking skills


> In our conversations on the listserv this week, the important skills of

> organizing information and taking notes have surfaced. What makes effective

> note-taking such a complex process?



> So...what does guided note-taking look like at beginning levels of

> instruction? In the brief, Betsy and I share one idea: using a short

> reading on daily routines and then creating a grid that requires students to

> read for specific information and transfer that onto the grid. This gets

> students engaged and interacting with the material and practices the skills

> of ordering and organizing information graphically.


> - How have you used guided notes and/or graphic organizers to practice

> organizing information and note-taking?

> - What techniques and activities can you share that have worked with

> beginning learners?


> Kim Johnson




> References

> Once more, you can access the CAELA Brief at

> http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/resources/transitions.html


> Konrad, M. Joseph L., & Eveleigh, E. (2009). A meta-analytic review of

> guided notes. *Education and Treatment of Children 32*(3), 421-444.


> Makany, T., Kemp, J. & Dror, I.E. (2009). *Optimising the use of

> note-taking as an external cognitive aid for increasing learning. British

> Journal of Educational Technology 40*(4), 619-635.




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